Yummy (4 stars)

This article is from 2018


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Powerhouse of drag, dance, circus, and music arrives in Edinburgh

Yummy's arrival in Edinburgh could not have come at a better time, having already stormed both the Adelaide and Perth Fringes with their killer choreography and unconventional mix of drag, circus, dance and performance art.

Featuring an all-star cast of performers including Valerie Hex, Jandruze, Zelia Rose, Hannie Helsden, Benjamin 'Bendy Ben' Hancock and hilarious MC Karen From Finance, Yummy plays on ideas of gender and queerness in a way that allows each act and each segment to communicate something distinct and radical.

From Jandruze making a sexy human sandwich with giant slices of bread, cheese and tomatoes to death metal tap-dancing, black latex lingerie and horse masks galore, there are a plethora of ideas on display throughout. Karen even performs her own numbers, including a glorious lip-sync to Vanessa Carlton's 'A Thousand Miles'. The real pull of Yummy though is the show's mix of solo spots, duos and group numbers, with each performer bringing their own unique and quirky style to the line-up. Hancock's solo to Paloma Faith's 'Only Love' is a particularly stunning moment as he appears with a small screen fastened to his headdress which lip-syncs the words along to his meticulous movements.

Choreographer, drag queen and performer James Welsby (Valerie Hex) ultimately presents a production that is packed with the glittering fun of cabaret with elements of subversion that create a humorous and at times, touching take on the genre. A raucous mix of striptease, death-drops and hula-hoops, Yummy could be the best night out you have all August.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug (not 8, 14, 21), 9.40pm, £13–£14.


  • 4 stars

Yummy Productions Yummy, the Melbourne powerhouse of drag, dance, circus, and music, has been serving smash-hit events in numerous festivals across Australia and beyond. Yummy is the winner of Best Production and Best Ensemble (Cabaret) at the 2018 Greenroom Awards and Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018.